Scores on Doors a quick guide to food safety
A STATEWIDE food safety program - Scores on Doors - is to be implemented in Coffs Harbour.
The scheme encourages restaurants, cafés, pubs and fast-food outlets to display the 'score' certificate they have achieved via food premises inspections so customers can have confidence in the safety of the food on offer.
"Coffs Harbour is a well-known tourist destination and food businesses play an important role in the local economy," said David Battese, council's Group Leader Sustainable Places.
"The Scores on Doors will not only provide a positive way for local businesses to advertise themselves, but will provide people with a very visible way to make informed choices over where they eat."
The Scores on Doors program provides a number of benefits including:
- rewarding food premises that do the right thing by their customers;
- providing food premises with a public incentive to raise standards; and
- helping provide the community with assurance and value-for-money food.
The NSW Government and the NSW Food Authority are actively encouraging councils to start the program. It is already operating in around 33 councils, while a further 50 councils are working towards its introduction.
Premises are graded from 3-star to 5-star, with 5 being the highest rating. Businesses that achieve these ratings will be encouraged to display their certificates at their premises. Operators with major hygiene and food safety issues will not receive any certification.
"The program will become part of our regular mandatory inspections, particularly the higher risk premises that have the greatest potential to cause illness if food is handled incorrectly - such as restaurants, pub bistros, hotels, cafés, bakeries, clubs and takeaway outlets including mobile vendors and market stalls," said Mr Battese.
Council aims to start Scores on Doors in July 2016 following a 12-month staged education and engagement process with local food operators that will start from July 1.